16th Sep2014

Grimmfest 2014: ‘Devil’s Mile’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: David Hayter, Maria del Mar, Casey Hudecki, Amanda Joy Lim, Adrienne Kress, Frank Moore, Samantha Wan, Shara Kim, Craig Porritt | Written and Directed by Joseph O’Brien


A gang of psychotic convicts take a dangerous and ill-advised detour after brutally kidnapping two young girls. As the captors speed away, events quickly turn out to be much more dangerous and gruesome than they had planned for. While driving down a long and dark stretch of deserted highway, the car becomes surrounded by mysterious sinister spirits, forcing the captors and young girls to work together in hopes of surviving the deadly evil force.

Well done to Devil’s Mile for being the first of the last few horror films I have reviewed to actually make me shout out in fear. I’m sure it was some kind of a battle cry, drawn from some baser human instinct to fight the scary monsters jumping out at me on the screen. Definitely not an attempt to launch myself behind the couch. Either way, Devil’s Mile got me and I am glad it did. What I liked about this film is that I went into it with a lot of expectations which were thrown back into my face with a roll of the eyes.

To start with, we break away from the norm by having the bad guys as main characters. Kidnappers in fact, lost on a stretch of road after taking a detour. They are very unlucky bad guys too, as nothing seems to be going their way. This leads to a terrifying and at moments, hilarious (intentionally or not), series of events which ends up in a very dark and scary place. The film uses the ever-so-fun ‘light is the only thing that protects you’, so I mean dark in the very literal sense, as the monsters gather around outside the car. This leads to some very freaky and exciting moments as they desperately try to escape.

On the flip side of this tale, with the sillier and some times ridiculous moments, the ‘big bad’, when on full rampage mode, is made not as scary as it could be and is reduced to a more ‘medium average’. It did make me jump when it first appeared and I am still recovering from the shock of that, but every other time it is there, it was less jumping in fear and more sniggering quietly at its funny face.

That being said, the story is a good one. I felt entertained throughout, right up until the last reveal which is a twist of wonderful proportions and definitely a cherry on top of this adventure. I would definitely file Devil’s Mile under ‘worth watching again’ if that was the way I sorted my films and I think any horror fan should give it a watch!

**** 4/5

Devil’s Mile screens as part of this years Grimmfest, on October 3rd at 10.30am


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